Lakeland Regional Health Team Member News

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health has the following good news to share:


  • Jacarra Carey, CNM, APRN, MSN, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Ms. Carey earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing/Midwifery at the University of Cincinnati. She serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Physical Exams for Primary Care Clinic Duke Field in Florida. She most recently served as a Midwife at Advent Health in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Carey sees patients at the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children on the south side of the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center Campus.
  • Humberto Lamoutte, MD, FACOG, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist seeing patients at the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. Dr. Lamoutte earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his Residency in Obstetrics-Gynecology at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Lamoutte practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Illinois for the past 23 years, most recently as a Physician in the Advocate Medical Group OB/Gyn. Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Lamoutte has extensive experience performing minimally invasive procedures with the DaVinci® robotic-assisted surgical system.
  • Mark Friberg, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Pediatrician. Dr. Friberg earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University Medical School. He completed his Residency and Internship in Pediatrics at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and earned several awards, including the Combat Medical Badge and Army Commendation Medal for his medical service in the Military. Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Friberg sees patients at the Winter Haven location, 430 E Central Ave.

All Saints Academy’s New Head of School Elizabeth Hardage’s Vision for the Future

All Saints Academy’s New Head of School Elizabeth Hardage’s Vision for the Future

 Elizabeth Hardage becomes All Saints Academy’s 6th Head of School


All Saints Academy has announced that the former Head of School at Daystar Academy in Beijing, China, Elizabeth Hardage, has been appointed as the new Head of School as of January 1, 2020.


Elizabeth Hardage has become the 6th head of school since All Saints Academy was established 25 years ago. The All Saints Academy Board of Trustees undertook an extensive national search upon the announcement of the planned retirement of previous Head of School Carolyn Baldwin. Elizabeth Hardage continues the positive direction of the school, and as she takes on her new role, says she plans to provide each student with the best possible education.


“It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I officially begin my tenure as the Head of School at All Saints Academy,” Elizabeth Hardage said.


The new head of All Saints Academy brings a wealth of experience, having served as Head of School at Daystar Academy in Beijing, China, a two-campus K-12 dual Chinese-English immersion school with over 870 students. Her professional career has been spent in education, serving as a teacher, assistant principal, consultant and administrator domestically and in China. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a concentration in China/Chinese Language from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Board of Trustees felt Elizabeth was the perfect choice to take the All Saints to the next level.


“The All Saints Academy Board of Trustees is excited to welcome Elizabeth Hardage as our new Head of School, and her husband Charlie and daughter Olivia to the All Saints Academy family,” said Jerry Mixon, Chair of the Board of Trustees.  “In putting together the Profile for the next Head of School to carry on the incredible tradition of inspiring independent thinkers, principled leaders and humble learners, the ASA community wanted something to carry us to the next level of excellence in college preparatory education.  Elizabeth fits the profile perfectly! Her energy and insights have already begun to bring an enthusiasm that promises to launch ASA to being one of the top five independent college preparatory preschool-12th grade schools in the state of Florida!”


Elizabeth Hardage said she is looking forward to working with all the team at the school and the community and will focus on ‘student achievement while providing a happy environment where students are proud of their school.


“A strong school-home connection is the foundation of a school community where parents, staff, administration, and students all collaborate to fulfill our mission statement. Among my highest priorities as Head of School will be ensuring that the school-home connection thrives for all families at all grade levels.”


The new head has brought with her excitement and energy, and everyone is looking forward to continuing the school’s mission of inspiring independent thinkers, principled leaders, and humble learners.



All Saints Academy is ranked by Niche as the number one private school in Polk County.


SPCA Florida Intakes Cruelty Case Animals

Lakeland:  SPCA Florida steps up and supports ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) in Lake Butler Florida Cruelty Case. In September of last year, the ASPCA assisted the UCSO, Union County Sheriff’s Office with the rescue of more than 75 animals, including dogs, cats, and small equines, in Lake Butler. Upon arriving on scene, investigators discovered the animals living in substandard conditions and exhibiting signs of neglect, with some living in unsanitary kennels and suffering from various medical issues.

SPCA Florida received four purebred Siamese cats and nine purebred small breed dogs from the confiscation.  Upon arrival at SPCA Florida the animals received immediate veterinary care, medications, and went into loving foster homes.

“We are proud to partner with the ASPCA and support their rescue efforts. Our wonderful fosters stepped up to help and to date, all but two Siamese cats have been adopted. The remaining cats are coming along nicely and would love to find a family of their own,” said Shelley Thayer, Executive Director, SPCA Florida.

Local prosecutors announced 31 counts of animal cruelty charges against Mr. Robin L. Deen and Mrs. Marie H. Deen of Lake Butler, who were arrested. The charges included 14 felony counts and 17 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

“A primary focus for the ASPCA is to work alongside law enforcement, prosecutors, and animal welfare professionals across the country to improve the lives of animals – especially those being abused or neglected,” said Jennifer Chin, vice president of ASPCA Legal Advocacy and Investigations. “These animals were living in inadequate conditions where their basic needs were not being met, and we’ve had the privilege of watching them thrive in our care these past few months. We’re pleased to have the Union County Sheriff’s Office and local prosecutors as strong partners in tackling animal cruelty in Florida and are grateful for their commitment to seeking justice for these animals.”

SPCA Florida appreciates financial, foster, and adoption support. To help, go online at www.spcaflorida.org and donate, foster or check out our available dogs and cats.

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in the community, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 6,000 homeless animals entering our doors each year. Open to the public, our McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.


About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Southeastern University President Kent Ingle Interviews LRH’s CEO Elaine Thompson

Southeastern University President Kent Ingle has a weekly podcast. This week’s episode features Lakeland’s Elaine Thompson, Lakeland Regional Health President/CEO. The episode will be released on Thursday and can be listened to here.

The podcast discusses how Thompson has brought world-class care to Lakeland and the surrounding communities. Since accepting the position, Thompson has played a role in drastically improving the health care and wellness in Florida. Due to her dedication, Lakeland Regional has received numerous “Best Place to Work” Awards, including recognition from Gallup, Becker’s, Forbes and the Florida Hospital Association.

Dr. Ingle’s podcast performs among the top 10 percent of all podcasts. Past guests from the podcast include Dabo Swinney, Bill & Giuliana Rancic, Brian Kilmeade, Carla Harris, Ed Bastian of Delta, Jentezen Franklin and more. Dr. Ingle’s podcast reaches about 14,500 people each month.